ALMA by Alfonso Architects for St. Petersburg Pier

ALMA by Alfonso Architects

ALMA by Alfonso Architects
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ALMA…SOUL…SPIRIT The Soul of the City. Cultural Icon. Just as the Eiffel Tower image alone can conjure up an entire cultural experience by merely representing a fragment of the City, the Pier transmutations over the years have served as the symbol and spirit of the place that is St. Petersburg.

ALMA by Alfonso Architects
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Our project will recapture the past, embrace the present, and look to the future ALMA: The Soul of St. Petersburg.

ALMA by Alfonso Architects
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Our core strategy is creating a series of walkable urban experiences that connect a seamless solution, that responds to the different site conditions and environments.

ALMA by Alfonso Architects
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Gateway / Gateway Park – The large expanse of lawn introduces the district and allows for large scale events, concerts, art fairs, markets, festivals. Garden Areas – Intimate scale to contrast to the Gateway area, these represent the living scale of the City, with cafés, art installations, and shade.

ALMA by Alfonso Architects
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Pedestrian Pier/Promenade – It hovers linearly over the Fishing Pier with direct access to the pier head via walking/jogging or pier shuttle. Shade and green benches mark the center point, observation of fishing.

ALMA by Alfonso Architects
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Fishing Pier/Promenade – The Pier is split vertically in function. The Fishing Pier is lower for specific use of fishing, i.e., casual, a bit messy, close to the water.

ALMA by Alfonso Architects
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Waterside Tower – The Tower is designed for both observation and exhibition/special events. It is half air conditioned / half open air with a full glass observation room on the top floor. There is a small auditorium with the ability to house a pop-up café and events.

ALMA by Alfonso Architects
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Dance Hall – Evoking the million dollar pier, the lower horizontal structure houses a large meeting space with a bandshell, an adjacent casual restaurant, bait shop, and minor retail. Source by Alfonso Architects.

ALMA by Alfonso Architects
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Location: City of St. Petersburg, USA
Architect: Alfonso Architects
Year: 2015
Status: St. Petersburg Pier competition shortlist
Images: Courtesy of NewStPetePier

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